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Profiles in Publishing: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Name: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Birthdate/Place: July 28, 1929, Southampton, NY

Publishers Associated With: Viking Press, Doubleday

Claim to Fame: Jackie Kennedy is, quite obviously, most well-known for her position as First Lady from 1961-63 during the presidency of her husband, John F. Kennedy. However, after the death of her second husband, shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Jackie was offered a position as a consulting editor at Viking Press by an old friend. She worked there for two years before resigning over a bit of a scandalous snafu–a book was published under her (which she claimed to have no knowledge of) in which an assassination target was reminiscent of Ted Kennedy. After scathing reviews and the added pressure to resign over the scandal from the Kennedy family, she moved to Doubleday. She worked there for a decade and a half, eventually rising to the position of senior editor, complete with a six-figure salary.

Our Inner Literary Nerd Loves: This beautiful Jackie quote, which we may have to have tattooed on us as a battle cry- -“If you produce one book, you will have done something wonderful in your life.”

2 Comments

  1. Joya says:

    I recently finished reading Jackie as Editor and it was so interesting to learn about her publishing career in depth. I highly recommend it!

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